Magistrate: "I've got enough s*** to deal with"

A 21-YEAR-OLD single mother was ordered by a magistrate to make her toddler her main priority, not drugs.

Melissa Ellen Harris pleaded guilty to two drug charges after police found marijuana and a bong in her Warwick home.

Police made the discovery after a raid of Harris' house on June 30 this year.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey noted the mother and her two-year-old daughter had recently moved to town.

"What brings you to our fair shores?" Mr Manthey asked.

Harris told the court she had been homeless for six months and Warwick was the only place she could get a house.

Mr Manthey warned Harris the community would quickly find out if she got up to more trouble.

"You're now the police radar; it's a little community, and everyone knows what everyone's doing," he said.

"I've got enough s*** to deal with in this court."

Harris was also warned that any further offending could see child services intervene with her family.

"That should be your priority," Mr Manthey said.

"There's a fair chance child safety might become involved (if you re-offend).

"The rest is going to be up to you and who you hang out with and what you do.

"That little one should be your number one priority."

Harris was sentenced to 12 months probation.


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